Whitstable FC Football Academy


A full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds

4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both.
You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September

September 2020
For 2019 course information, please request a prospectus below

SCL College South East Kent League & the Tactics League

Education: Whitstable FC, 3 Belmont Rd, Whitstable CT5 1QJ
Training: Herne Bay Sports Hub, Thanet Way, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7PG

Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football, Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs

Whitstable FC & Football Futures

SCL Education Group



    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

    • Demonstrate your skills
    • Successful players will be offered an interview

    • One hour Education interview
    • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Football programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.

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Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL. 

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
  • Proven Progression routes


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share Football performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365

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  • Play football in the SCL College South East Kent League and the Tactics League
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Connections with semi-professional and professional clubs
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch
  • Nutritional advice
  • Pathways into American Scholarships, New Zealand and Australia professional football

Whitstable has an established history of developing semi professional footballers from its local community. We aim to create as many educated and talented athletes as we can to push into the Whitstable FC first team and even higher.

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.

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The football is run by Head Coach Josh Algar (22 years old) a semi professional footballer and highly qualifed coach.

Josh has a vast background in the football industry trialling for big premier league clubs when he was a youngster such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham which gives him great knowledge to pass on to his players who are trying to make the big step into the professional game.

He is also a Millwall FC scout. 


Josh has fantastic coaching experience and currently coaches for semi-professional first team Sittingbourne FC which gives our players further exposure to semi-professional football.

Ashley has a strong background and has played for the likes of Dover and Deal in the non league level. Josh is a UEFA B qualified coach.


The education will be based at 3 Belmont Road, Whitstable CT5 1QJ and Bellevue Road, Whitstable CT5 1PX.
The football training will be based at Herne Bay Sports Hub, Thanet Way, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7PG.

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Sports Education Prospectus

Kick off your career in sport
Request a copy of our Sports Education Prospectus to find out more about our programmes and how you can kick off your career in sport.
  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.